5 Reasons David Beckham’s Suggestion to Abolish MLS Salary Cap is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons to Keep MLS Salary Cap

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David Beckham said in an interview that he wanted MLS to abolish the salary cap. He's looking bring in high-profile talent and said the salary cap keeps some players from coming to the league. Although I do understand where Beckham is coming from, I really hope he doesn't get his wish anytime soon. I think the benefits of the salary cap outweigh the negatives, and here are 5 reasons I think the salary cap should stay.

5. More Expensive Players Don't Mean Better Clubs

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5. More Expensive Players Don't Mean Better Clubs

Clubs Over Players MLS Salary Cap
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Fans of MLS love their clubs regardless, and the salary cap does not stop them for doing so. A high-profile, pricey player will not make a bad club better. Clubs depend on chemistry, and throwing more money at the problem won't fit it. I prefer a player to be trained -- not bought.

4. Richest Clubs May Stay at Top

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4. Richest Clubs May Stay at Top

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La Liga has always been known for its two top clubs: Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Year after year these are the clubs that win the league, because they have the money to renew contracts of their best players and other clubs cannot afford these players in the first place. It is amazing soccer, but being so predictable gets old.

3. Makes It an Unlevel Playing Ground

Unfair to Lower Clubs MLS Salary Cap
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3. Makes It an Unlevel Playing Ground

Unfair to Lower Clubs MLS Salary Cap
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MLS has clubs that have no kit sponsors and some that have only recently taken advantage of the Designated Player rule. I think its great that these clubs are still able to compete with the rest. If the salary cap is removed, these clubs will have to spend more money just to be able to compete with others.

2. Salary Cap Showcases More American Talent

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2. Salary Cap Showcases More American Talent

Emphasizes American Talent MLS Salary Cap
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I think the salary cap forces teams to rely on their academy for new talent. Many teams around the world have recruited players into their academy and made them legends, and I think the salary cap makes clubs take advantage of programs like Generation Adidas and sign homegrown players. It gives youth more of a reason to strive towards soccer and not other sports.

1. If It's Not Broken, Don't Fix It

It Is Good MLS Salary Cap
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1. If It's Not Broken, Don't Fix It

It Is Good MLS Salary Cap
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As far as I'm concerned, I like the way MLS is going. It may not be the best league in the world to many, but it is slowly getting there; it's still a young league. Top American players are starting to return to the league even with offers from other leagues. MLS is doing something right, even if a former player disagrees.

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